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The Signal Podcast

For the past several months my friend Jill Duffy and I have been developing a podcast. On Sunday we recorded and released the pilot episode of The Signal, a discussion show about news, technology, and culture.

We put a lot of thought and consideration in to what The Signal podcast could be, and we cycled through various formats. We settled on a (reasonably) succinct weekly discussion show about the news. We will produce an initial season of four or five episodes, then take a small break to assess what works and what does not. Episodes will focus a newsworthy topic, run for approximately one hour, and feature guests and interesting experts.

I have a long history with podcasting and am excited to co-produce a new show with a good friend. While podcasting has always been noisy and fun, I’m pleased to see it emerge as a unique and legitimate medium. The Signal approximates a hobby more than professional endeavor, and it will take many weeks to iron out the rough edges. As the name implies Jill and I would like the show to be interesting and useful, rather than blabby and rambly.

Episodes of The Signal will always be available for download here. The show is also on YouTube, Soundcloud, and soon iTunes.

Ping us any time. Because The Signal is a passion project, your feedback is particularly important. As the show evolves we’d love to hear from you and your thoughts about the news, suggestions for future topics, and critiques.

Thanks for listening.

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The Redline: Our Legendary & Award-Winning Series of Life Lessons

Dan Patterson:

We got the band back together for another podcast shout. Stay tuned.

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Originally posted on The Redline:

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My name is @DanPatterson. I’m a journalist and technologist. No one has ever accused me of being witty, but I’ll try my best in the form of brevity:

The Redline is a podcast about politics and policy created by a few friends for the sake of creating something interesting together. Doc, Greg, and I have waxed geek and produced radio programs and podcasts together since the mid-1990s. While  The Redline [dot biz] is simply a fun and amateur project, our desire is to deliver interesting conversation and informative pod prod in a tight package.

We hope you like it. Thanks for listening.

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1938 News | KoPoint

1938 News | KoPoint

KoPoint comrade Loren Feldman has launched a simple and elegant news aggregation + commentary site called 1938 News. Loren’s 1938 brand is known for it’s brutally honest riffs on tech and culture. Anyone who knows Loren knows smart as hell, sharp as nails, and has the heart of a puppy dog. It’ll be fun and interesting to watch his take on cultural curation.

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KoPoint News Podcast | KoPoint

KoPoint News Podcast | KoPoint.

After weeks of practice we’re almost ready to go! KoPoint will be recording one of our first regular podcasts tonight. Marc Lizoain of Urtak and Dan Patterson of KoPoint will do a newsy and topical, question and answer program.

Each week we’ll discuss a major topic in the news and use Urtak data to figure out what normal people think.

We’ll broadcast the first episode on Google Plus as a Hangout until we figure out our streaming options.Keep an eye on http://twitter.com/kopoint for more information.

Thanks!

Apple, Foxconn Report Retracted by ‘This American Life’

Link: Apple, Foxconn Report Retracted by ‘This American Life’

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A report on conditions of Chinese workers who construct Apple Inc. (AAPL) products has been retracted by the radio program “This American Life,” which said the broadcast contained “errors.”

“We’re retracting that story because we can’t vouch for its truth, and this weekend’s episode of our show will detail the errors in the story,” Ira Glass, host and executive producer of “This American Life,” wrote in a statement.

Glass said the errors came from an excerpt from “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” a production by monologist Mike Daisey that was included in the broadcast.

Link: Apple, Foxconn Report Retracted by ‘This American Life’

kopoint: A report on conditions of Chinese workers who construct Apple Inc. (AAPL) products has been retracted by the radio program “This American Life,” which said the broadcast contained “errors.” “We’re retracting that story because we can’t vouch for its truth, and this weekend’s episode of our show will detail the errors in the story,” Ira Glass, host and executive producer of “This American Life,” wrote in a statement. … Glass said the errors came from an excerpt from “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” a production by monologist Mike Daisey that was included in the broadcast.

KoPoint: Current GOP Primary Delegate Count

Link: KoPoint: Current GOP Primary Delegate Count

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In the race for 1144 to secure the Republican nomination all four GOP candidates still have plenty to go to be home free. Mitt Romney currently leads the pack with roughly 432 secured and/or estimated (due to non-binding caucus events), Rick Santorum in second with nearly 182 secured and/or…

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GOP Delegate Count

kopoint:

In the race for 1144 to secure the Republican nomination all four GOP candidates still have plenty to go to be home free. Mitt Romney currently leads the pack with roughly 432 secured and/or estimated (due to non-binding caucus events), Rick Santorum in second with nearly 182 secured and/or…

KoPoint: Current GOP Primary Delegate Count

Slate: How Do You Rig a Straw Poll?

Link: Slate: How Do You Rig a Straw Poll?

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Answer: buy all of the seats in the house. Great election character analysis from @Slate:

Rick Santorum at CPACStraw polls, by definition, are nonbinding, so they have fewer rules than do real elections. And unlike opinion polls conducted by national organizations such as Gallup and Pew Research, a straw poll isn’t supposed to be a random sample of the population. Instead, those polled at events such as CPAC and the Ames Straw Poll are simply the people who happen to show up. That means the candidate who turns out the largest number of backers will win. One easy way to get out the straw vote is to buy up a bunch of tickets, then hand them out for free to your supporters. Paying for their transportation to the event can’t hurt. And wining and dining them once they’re there is always a nice touch. Since the CPAC straw poll typically involves about 3,500 people, you might only need to pay for a few hundred voters to tilt the poll in your favor.

This American Life: Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory

Link: This American Life: Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory

Think of this not as a story about Apple, but about a commentary on Western culture and globalism.

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Mike Daisey was a self-described “worshipper in the cult of Mac.” Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? He traveled to China to find out.

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